With a colorful theme and lineup to keep with the vibrant palette of the Everglades, the 12th Annual ForEverglades Benefit took place Saturday, Feb. 18 at The Breakers Palm Beach. The sold-out event featured television journalist and co-host of “CBS This Morning” Norah O’Donnell, actor/comedian Tom Papa, award-winning conservation photographer Mac Stone and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Roger Daltrey of The Who.
The evening kicked off with cocktails for the colorful-clad guests who were encouraged to wear clothing fitting of the “Color Me In” theme, followed by dinner in the Ponce de Leon Ballroom where long tables were set with festive décor.
Once seated, The Everglades Foundation Board Chairman Marshall Field V spoke about the current legislation to expedite a project to send Lake Okeechobee water south, where it can be cleaned and sent to the Everglades and Florida Bay, rather than destroying Florida’s coasts by sending it east and west.
After dinner, Papa entertained the crowd with comedic commentary that lit up the room. Stone gave guests a riveting tour of the Everglades through his camera lens while relaying his experiences of living and working in the Everglades watershed that ended with a standing ovation from the crowd of more than 800 foundation supporters.
Following Stone, board member and the foundation’s co-founder, Paul Tudor Jones, and CEO Eric Eikenberg took to the stage and praised state legislators who have backed the concept of building a southern reservoir. Together, Jones and Eikenberg led a call-to-action mission by encouraging guests to contact Florida Governor Rick Scott and legislators to encourage them to fight for this reservoir.
“We hold a red, white and blue American treasure in our hands. This is not a red or blue issue. This is a unifying issue and a rally cry to each and every one of us,” said Jones.
Rounding out the night, ForEverglades Chair Mike Ramos announced musical headliner Roger Daltrey, who took the state with his band singing countless top hits including “My Generation,” “Pinball Wizard,” and “Won’t Get Fooled Again.” The crowd then went wild as Daltrey announced a surprise visit from Jimmy Buffett, who joined Daltrey in a rendition of the classic “Stand By Me.”
Pictured above: India and James Hancock and Elyse Maschmeyer. Photo by Capehart Photography